Sunday, January 10, 2010

Piecework magazine's annual historical knitting issue arrived in the shop last week. If you are a mitten lover, you'll certainly enjoy this magazine. In it, you can read about a Latvian mitten knitter /artist whose work is in the Latvian National History Museum or about a 16th century mitten recently unearthed in London, England. There are stories about knitting for a living in Scandinavia and in Eastern Europe which connect us to our past.

What charmed me most was a children's story that takes place in Newfoundland. It was written by Robin Hansen, the author of one of my favourite knitting books, Favorite Mittens, and includes the pattern for traditional stranded and felted mittens. These are definitely on my must-knit list!

Here's hoping your hands are cosy and warm in your favourite mittens. When you next put them on, you'll truly appreciate this historic article of clothing.

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